British Style 50W Amplifier Kit
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Ever heard of a guitarist named Randy Rhoads? Or how about the Young brothers from a little band called AC/DC? They are just some of the artists that come to mind who used the late 70's JMP 2204.
In the mid-seventies, rock artists wanted a bit more gain and a lot more power from their stage amplifiers. In response, Jim Marshall and crew developed the master volume function, added it to their plexi platform, and released the new circuit as the JMP 2203 and 2204 models. With this new feature, the artist could crank the amplitude of the preamp output as they would with earlier, non-master models, to get an exciting distorted breakup of the signal. Then, they could adjust the overall output level to the speakers using the master volume control so that it sat nicely in the mix with the rest of the band. From there, we experienced a total overhaul of the rock and roll sound. Bands got heavier, and the solo leads soared higher than ever.
We are happy to add the 50 Watt version (2204) to our British series kit lineup. We had the opportunity to study an example from 1979 to create the near-replica chassis and head shell. For transformers and choke, we offer the same tried and true units from our British 50W 800 kit. The big difference between our kit and the original is the use of an old-school turret board instead of the printed circuit board that Marshall had employed. We think this will offer more fun and future serviceability to the build.
As with all of our amplifier kits, we supply you with the best electronic components available. You will see Mojo Dijon polypropylene capacitors, Mojotone high-voltage can style filtering capacitors, carbon film resistors, Belton brand tube sockets, Alpha potentiometers, 20 gauge topcoat PVC wire, and more.
As a bonus, we supply everything needed to build either the 1976-1978 2204 which is more of a hybrid between the earlier plexi and later JCM800 circuits, or the 1978-1980 2204 which features a bit more gain akin to the JCM 800 era. Which one you build is up to you and your tastes.
- Class Type: AB All Tube Amplifier
- Output: ~50 Watts
- Circuit: 1976-1980 2204
- Bias Type: Fixed Bias
- Build Time: ~8 hours
- Preamp Tubes: ECC83/12AX7 (3)
- Output Tube(s): EL34 (2)
- Rectifier Tube: None - Solid-state Rectified
- Transformers: Power - Plexi / 800 50W (7020850), Output - Plexi / 800 50W (7021850), Choke - Plexi / 800 Choke (7022800)
- Hardware: Mojotone British 50W Small Parts Kit, British 50W Chassis, Front & Rear Faceplates
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Ratings & Reviews
by Steve from Salado Texas -
Had a blast! Challenging enough to search tube technology, advisable. Need a stand to hold this chassis - MojoTone sells one and it is good - I built mine from 2ea. 2x12". You will need is a bias current set up - MojoTone has a kit. A DC volt meter (1000vdc) attached to pin 3 of the power tube and a milliamp meter attached to the tube base kit. Current calculator will give the 75% current in milliamps. Schematic diagram shows bias current adjust potentiometer as a voltage divider the wiring diagram shows it as a variable resistor in series which is correct. All of the jumper wires on the back side of the board. Study diagrams and schematics closely to get familiar with where everything goes. Always turn the power on with the standby off, potentiometers to "0", warm the tubes, then stand by ON. Fred and the boys are the best, right there to help me. Fred suggested to inventory all parts. Tremendous support with a tremendous Amplifier. Thank you MojoTone.
2204 great kit...
by Tony Carnett -
First amp build turned out great, built the 2204 1978 version, sounds great, may do another...